Trinity wins title, 202nd straight match

Updated: February 23, 2009, 10:55 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Trinity College of Hartford, Conn., rallied to beat Princeton 5-4 to win the College Squash Association men's national team championship and extend the nation's longest college winning streak to 202 matches.

Junior Baset Chaudhry scored nine straight points to overcome a 5-0 deficit and win the fifth game of the clinching match, capping a 19-0 season for the Division III Bantams.

Trinity, ranked No. 1 in the nation and seeded No. 1 in the tournament, won its 11th consecutive CSA national title. Its 202-match winning streak is the longest active winning streak in any intercollegiate varsity sport.

"This was the toughest win in the finals that we've ever had," Trinity head coach Paul Assaiante said. "Princeton did everything that they needed to do as players and coaches to put themselves in position to win this thing, but somehow we were able to come out on top.

"Baset was dead in the water until he scored those nine in a row. I don't understand it but it was amazing."

Second-ranked Princeton closed the season at 13-2.